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Large Sebesten


Botanical Name Cordia myxa Linn.
Common NameLarge sebesten, Lasora (Hindi), Uddhala (Tamil), Sleshmataka (Sanskrit)

Distribution

Throughout India

Religious association

In the epic Ramayana, is mentioned a forest called 'Sleshmaataka Vana'. It is believed that Lord Shiva hid in the form of a stag in this forest.

Uses

An infusion of the powdered leaves is used in treating whooping cough. The leaf extract is applied on pimples and boils. The raw fruits are used as vegetables. They are also very effective in treating coughs, chest diseases, and chronic fever. The mucilaginous substance of the fruit can be used as a gum.

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